You have just submitted your job application for overseas work. You are hopeful that everything will go well, that you will get the acceptance email or call, and that a few months from now you will be flying off to work as an OFW. That’s all nice, but then you hear back from the company and you receive this instead: “Thank you for applying, but unfortunately you did not meet our criteria…” or a message along similar lines—a rejection. Rejection is something no job seeker ever wants to hear and yet you see it happening all the time around you, or even to you. How does one deal with rejection? How does one get up from a job denial, pick up the pieces so to speak, and move on? Well, here are some of our OFW on Air tips for situations like this:
- Recognize that rejection is part of the process. The number one thing to do is to accept that in any job application, there will be people who get rejected. It makes perfect sense: tons of people are applying for an often limited number of overseas jobs. There will really be people cut off from the final employee listing. It is definitely unfortunate that you were among those rejected but once you have accepted the reality of the situation, you will be more than ready to deal with it and move forward with your job hunt.
- Identify why you were rejected. The next step is to know why you were rejected in the first place. If you were lucky enough to receive feedback from the company you applied to, then make sure to thoroughly review this feedback for reference in future job applications. This kind of feedback is good (in fact, is a minor victory!), because you get it directly from the source as to why you were rejected. If you however did not get any feedback from the employer, which happens more often, then what you should do is to reflect on what you did for this particular application and note down your areas for improvement. While seemingly difficult, giving feedback for yourself will really help you as you go and proceed to your next job application.
- Analyze and make adjustments. Now that you know why you were rejected and have thought about what things you can improve on, it’s time to put the things you’ve learned into practice. For your next job hunt, be a smarter applicant. Change your approach based on the things you think you should improve on. Did you flunk in the interview? Then practice some more with your family or friends. Change the way you answer questions, find a style that works. Was it your resume that got you rejected? Then take some time to tailor it for the employer you are applying to. Let others read and check it over before you hand it over for submission. As our general advice, we recommend that you thoroughly research the employers you are interested in: what is their mission? vision? what are they looking for in an employee? why are they hiring? what is the job description? and so on. These will certainly help guide you in all phases of the job application process. Also, be sure to check your eligibility for an application beforehand, so you know that you are not going into a losing job application. Finally, it may help you if you did “information interviews”. By contacting employers and setting up a meeting to ask them things about a job (not for a job!), you may be able to learn more about the job you are applying for which you can use in tailoring your application. Plus, it establishes a connection with an employer, so this might help you too in the long run.
- Time your next application well. If you have received a string of rejections so far, one after the other, then we recommend that you stop applying for a while—take a break! This should give you ample time to think about how you have been doing your applications thus far and to re-assess yourself for future job hunts (see tips 2, 3). Hopefully, this breaks your rejection streak. On the other hand, if you have just received your first rejection and immediately know where you went wrong and can remedy these things quickly, then it might be a good idea to go ahead and apply for a job at the soonest opportunity you get. In this situation, the learnings should still be fresh in your mind and you should be in the “groove” for applying. However long of a time you choose before you carry out your next application, just be sure to come in prepared to maximize your chances of job hunt success!
- Be persistent. Our final tip for you is this: try, try, and try! Keep going at it until you get a job. Do not lose hope, and keep trying. If you think you have already done the best you can for an application, have done all the tips above, then there really is no other thing to do but to try again. Persistence is key! Widen your search, consider all possible appropriate job options, and just keep trying! 🙂
So these are all our tips for you on how to move on and get going after receiving a job application rejection. Rejection really is a part of the job hunting life, and the sooner you come to terms with it, the sooner you can use it to your own benefit for future job applications. Best of luck in your job hunts, mga Ka-tsong, and see you all again next time!